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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Imperial Stout
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2747   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in clear glass bottles.
Rich, flavorful, deep chocolate color, scented and roasted barley nose. Complexity of malt, hops, alcohol and yeast.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Aroma of chocolate and toasted malt, along with a hint of alcohol. Dark brown/black color with ruby hints at the edges. Ferocious tan head that laces. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with chocolate and coffee. A bit of sour followed by toasted malt. The malt tends to overpower the hop. There is some sort of fruit component accompanying everything; it’s almost apple. Not strong, just present. Interesting stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13256) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2015 300ml bottle (6:5:8:4:15=3.8))
Jet black, thin beige head. Sweet raisiny and alcoholic aroma - white-board marker pens. Burnt roasty taste - roast ham with plum sauce. Slightly ashy. Goes wonderfully with chocolate cake.
Rerate: 355ml bottle (Pudel, Tallinn) (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
Lovely rich roast, some tar some soy. Super drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
550mL bottle, pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, oatmeal, subtle chocolate and coffee. Flavour of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee and caramel. Very smooth palate and no bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (13241) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2005
BOTTLE. DEEP BLACK COLOR WITH MEDIUM HEAD. COMPLEX AROMA WITH COFFEE AND GRAIN. GREAT BALANCE OF SWEET AND SOUR AND A COMPLEX LASTING FINISH. VERY DRINKABLE AND EXCELLANT COMBO WITH GREAT CIGAR.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2002
Beautiful body, but I expected quite a bit more flavorwise. Roastiness, some bitterness, and a hint of alcohol -- somehow, though, it just doesn’t come together.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12938) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2006
550 ml bottle poured a nearly opaque reddish black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of plum, licorice, cocoa, raisins and a bit of coffee. Palate was light bodied. Flavors of dark fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate, some coffee notes and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (12915) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2005
This is a good imperial, a typival 4 allrlound. Nice head and colour, wonderfull aroma and taste, more bitter than cold coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (12909) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2009
Bottled, 330 ml, pasteurised. Black as yer ’at with cream collar. Tongue coating sweetness interlaced with a burnt, roasted malt and fruit and then a sweet yeasty alcohol. rich and smooth, some caramel notes giving extra depth, port like sherry notes too. Not perhaps as complex as I am making out here, but certainly a fine beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (12756) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2011
Black colored beer with a small brown head. Smell earth and ashes. Taste earth as well. Hmm not my favorite stout. Nice carbo and body though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Dark brown with reddish hues. Thin moka head. Nice chocolate aroma with doughy malt and light alcohol notes. Rich bitter chocolate with licorice notes, a bit short in mouth, but effective. Very nice IS. Nov. 2005, Mike’s place.


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